Inter target Sadio Mane, van Dijk set for Southampton showdown talks and all of today's transfer gossip

Inter Milan have reportedly targeted the Senegalese forward as their marquee signing of the summer.

HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…

Inter Milan are preparing a £35 million bid for Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, report the Daily Express.

Hertha BSC vs FC Liverpool Mane has been linked with a £35 million move to Inter Milan. Source: DPA/PA Images

The winger joined the Reds last summer for £34 million, but the Serie A club could be lining up a bid to bring the forward to San Siro – identifying him as their potential marquee signing of the summer.

Mane returned to training with Liverpool this week and said his focus remains entirely on the beginning of the new Premier League season in just over a week’s time.

“I want to score more goals for my team and to assist as well. Why not win trophies with the team? I’m very confident and looking forward to it”, he said.

Meanwhile Diego Costa will not report for pre-season training with Chelsea this week, according to Marca.

Diego Costa file photo Costa will leave Chelsea this summer after three years at the club. Source: Adam Davy

The striker is still on the lookout for a new club, with Atletico Madrid the preferred target for the Spanish international.

Costa scored 52 Premier League goals during two seasons at Stamford Bridge, however relations between the player and manager Antonio Conte have soured beyond repair.

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid just over a week and a half ago in a club record £65 million deal, all but ending Costa’s future in London.

Meanwhile Ronald Koeman has not given up in his pursuit of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Gylfi Sigurdsson file photo Sigurdsson has been valued at £50 million. Source: David Davies

Wales Online report that Everton could be willing to fork out a £50 million part-exchnage deal which would see 19-year-old defender Callum Connolly join Swansea.

The Merseysiders want to step up their pursuit of the Iceland playmaker, with Koeman seeing the 27-year-old as crucial to their aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League next term.

Elsewhere both Tottenham and Inter Milan are biding their time to put forward a bid for PSG defender Serge Aurier, with both clubs hoping the 24-year-old’s value decreases the longer they hold out.

Ligue 1 - PSG vs Nice - Paris Aurier reportedly wants to leave PSG. Source: ABACA/PA Images

Le Parisien earlier this week claimed that the full-back had requested a move away from the Parc des Princes, with both Spurs and Inter expecting PSG’s asking price to drop below the €25 million mark.

Finally, the Liverpool Echo report that Virgil van Dijk is set for showdown talks with Southampton this week.

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Virgil van Dijk file photo Van Dijk was not included in Southampton's squad for their pre-season tour of France last month. Source: Martin Rickett

The defender has been linked with a move to Liverpool all summer.

Having been left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour of France last month, he is due to meet manager Mauricio Pellegrino to decide on his future at the club.

The Dutch international is under contract until 2022, but has been heavily linked with a £60 million departure – a fee which would smash the Reds’ transfer record.

Retro Deal of the Day: Roque Santa Cruz to Blackburn Rovers

On this day 10 years ago Roque Santa Cruz joined Blackburn from Bayern Munich, where he had won five Bundesliga titles.

Soccer - Roque Santa Cruz - Press Conference - Ewood Park Santa Cruz scored 19 Premier League goals in his debut season at Ewood Park. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The Paraguayan would score 23 goals in 57 appearances for Rovers, including 19 Premier League goals during the 2007/08 season, earning him the Blackburn Rovers Player of the Season award.

The striker joined Manchester City in a deal worth £17.5 million in 2010, before being loaned back to Blackburn a season later after scoring just three goals at the Etihad.

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